Eira Thomas is a respected Canadian geologist whose career in the Canadian mining industry spans more than 25 years. She spent fourteen years with Aber Resources (Now part of the Washington Group of Companies), serving as a geologist between 1992-1996, Vice-President Exploration between 1997-1999 and as a Director of the Board from 1998-2006. In 2001, Ms. Thomas co-founded Stornoway Ventures Ltd. (now Stornoway Diamond Corporation) and served as CEO of Stornoway until 2008 and Executive Chairman between 2008-2011. Ms. Thomas served as the President & CEO of Kaminak Gold Corporation, a mineral exploration company, from 2013 to July 2016.
Ms. Thomas is currently involved in a number of other public companies and organizations, including on the Board of Directors for Suncor Energy Inc; the Yukon Mineral Advisory Board; the University of Toronto (U of T) Alumni Association; and she is a member of the U of T President’s Internal Advisory Council.
Awards and recognition include: “Canada’s Top 40 under 40” by the Caldwell Partners and the Report on Business Magazine; The William Harvey Gross Award, bestowed annually by the Mineral Deposits Division of the Geological Association of Canada, to a geoscientist less than 40 years of age who has made a significant contribution to the field of economic geology in a Canadian context; selected as one of “Top 100 Canada’s Most Powerful Women”; one of only four Canadians in 2008 to be named to the “Young Global Leaders”, by the World Economic Forum; a recipient of the CIM’s (Canadian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy) Past Presidents’ Memorial Medal, awarded to a member under 45 who, by his/her accomplishments, has set an outstanding example to young members of the Institute and to young men/women contemplating a career in the minerals industry; the Minerva for BC Women Natural Resources Award.
Eira graduated from the University of Toronto with a Bachelor of Science in Geology in 1990. She has been a generous supporter of Students on Ice, and in particular of Indigenous youth participants on SOI expeditions.